By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/19/12
The girls’ lacrosse season opened Saturday with several games between teams in the Friends Schools and Inter-Ac leagues.
The season begins in earnest Friday with the start of the PIAA campaign. This year Phillylacrosse.com has expanded its coverage to South Jersey and northern Delaware; hence perennial national power Moorestown moving right in as the No. 1 team, slightly ahead of defending PIAA state champion Garnet Valley.
1, Moorestown (22-4) – The Quakers, who won the N.J. state Group III title and reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions last year, open March 31 at home vs. a Philly squad, Strath Haven.
2, Garnet Valley (24-3) - The defending PIAA champions, who lose only one starter, open Saturday at home vs. No. 6 Archbishop Carroll at 4 p.m.
3, Great Valley (21-4) - The Patriots, PIAA semifinalists last year, open Friday at home vs. Pottstown.
4, Springfield-Delco (21-4) – The Cougars, quad-champs of the Central League last year, open Friday at home vs. Owen J. Roberts.
5, Shawnee (17-5) – The Renegades look to compete with Moorestown for Group III honors in South Jersey.
6, Archbishop Carroll (18-4) – The 11-time defending champions from the Catholic League face a stern test in their opener – at No. 2 Garnet Valley on Saturday.
7, Radnor (14-6) - The quad-champion Red Raiders host last year’s PIAA runner-up, Downingtown East, on Friday.
8, Conestoga (12-7) - The Pioneers open March 27 with a Central League game at Penncrest.
9, Boyertown (19-7) – The eight-time defending PAC-10 champions open Friday at North Penn.
10, Washington Township (17-3) - The Minutemaids should contend for South Jersey Group IV honors.
Honorable mention: Council Rock North (15-5), Clearview Regional (14-4), Downingtown East (25-2), Episcopal Academy (17-4), Harriton (20-4), Hatboro-Horsham (16-3), Merion Mercy (15-5), North Penn (18-2), Notre Dame (14-4), Strath Haven (12-7), Upper Dublin (17-7).